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Pasture Pests Pose Problems

April 01, 2006

Our farms usually fall into one of two pasture pest categories: Currently overrun, or about to be. Tunneling pasture pests can create serious hazards that can injure horses and ruin your fields. In a recent TheHorse.com poll, 65% of the 518 who... Read More

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Groups Band Together to Provide Hay for Hurricane Victims

April 01, 2006

Five equine organizations joined together in Feburary to provide 6,500 bales of hay to nearly 800 horses in Vermilion Parish, La., that were affected by Hurricane Rita. The United States Equestrian Federation, the American Association of Equine... Read More

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Lessons Learned From the Hurricanes

April 01, 2006

Microchips were helpful in reuniting horses with owners after the 2005 hurricanes, but it was usually because owners had proof of horses' microchip numbers. Since 1994, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF) has required... Read More

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Critical Care In the Field

April 01, 2006

How does your veterinarian keep up with what is best for your horses? By attending continuing education that covers areas of interest and provides him with lectures and one-on-one time with experts in various fields. Each year, Hagyard Equine... Read More

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Protect Horses From Bugs

April 01, 2006

Flies and mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing irritation and discomfort as they feed on horses. They can also be a health risk, spreading West Nile virus, encephalomyelitis viruses, equine infectious anemia, vesicular stomatitis, and other... Read More

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California Requires Synthetic Racing Surface

April 01, 2006

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) decided on Feb. 16 that California racing associations operating meets of at least four continuous weeks will be required to install a synthetic racing surface by the end of 2007 or face a loss of race... Read More

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New Sling Shows Promise in Clinical Setting

April 01, 2006

When an equine patient can't stand, practitioners need to quickly assess his prognosis, and that can be difficult with him lying down. Putting a horse in the Andersen Sling Support Device (ASSD), the gold standard for equine slings, requires at... Read More

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Kentucky Drug Penalties Changed

April 01, 2006

A 90-day emergency regulation governing violation of Thoroughbred racing medication rules expired Feb. 15, so the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) reverted to the old penalty rules.

The regulation expired after a legislative... Read More

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HSUS Requests Injunction to Halt Horsemeat Inspections

April 01, 2006

On Feb. 14, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other groups filed suit against the USDA to prevent equine slaughterhouses from using fee-for-service inspections of horsemeat. On Feb. 22, the groups filed for an injunction to... Read More

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Maryland EHV-1 Outbreaks Winding Down

April 01, 2006

Veterinarians suspect the recent deadly outbreaks of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in Maryland have subsided. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) had reported on EHV-1 outbreaks at two Maryland tracks, a race training facility, and a... Read More

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Final Kentucky Track Quarantine Ends

April 01, 2006

Equine herpesvirus quarantines at two Kentucky Thoroughbred facilities have been released, ending the recent outbreak of the neurologic disease. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, lifted the quarantine at Turfway Park in Florence on... Read More

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AAEP Disaster Update

April 01, 2006

In the wake of catastrophic world events, the AAEP created the Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Task Force in 2002. The World Trade Center bombings, the foot and mouth outbreak in the United Kingdom, and Hurricane Lili pounding the Gulf Coast... Read More

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New Beginnings

April 01, 2006

If you had never been to Louisiana before, you might drive through the southern countryside today, passing sugarcane fields and oil refineries, and across bridge after bridge spanning a seemingly endless swampland, without too heavy of a reminde... Read More

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Fainting Foals, Sleepy Horses

April 01, 2006

Humans have been fascinated with narcolepsy for centuries. The sight of an otherwise normal person suddenly lapsing into unexplainable deep sleep was cause for curiosity, if not amusement, even after scientists in the late 1800s found that... Read More

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Lameness Diagnosis at Home

April 01, 2006

This system will allow a practitioner to diagnose a horse in the field while trotting in hand, being ridden, or longeing, whereas video-based motion-capture technology (if adequate numbers of strides are evaluated) is restricted to a lab and is very ... Read More

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New Product Reduces Clinical Signs of Herpes

April 01, 2006

Pfizer Animal Health on Feb. 8 announced the release of Zylexis in the United States, which according to the company's research prepares the horse's immune system to function more efficiently against equine herpesvirus-1 and -4 (EHV-1 and EHV-4)... Read More

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Kentucky Rescinds Maryland EHV Restrictions

April 01, 2006

On March 31, one week before Keeneland's spring race meet is set to begin, State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, lifted restrictions for all Maryland horses entering Kentucky racetracks based on information provided by the Maryland Department of... Read More

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The Hardest Decision

April 01, 2006

Several recent occurrences have brought to mind the role of humans as stewards of our animals. These stories don't all have to do with horses, but how many horse owners do you know who don't have dogs, cats, or other critters running around the... Read More

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Florida MRLS Update 3-31-06

March 31, 2006

A second foal has been confirmed as having died from mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in Florida, according to Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, of the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. The first case was a... Read More

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First Commercially Cloned Mare Born

March 30, 2006

Scientists and veterinarians today (March 30) announced the birth of the first commercially cloned mare, created from the cells of champion cutting horse Royal Blue Boon. The filly, Royal Blue Boon Too, was carried to term by a recipient mare an... Read More

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MRLS in Florida

March 29, 2006

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Emergency Training Emphasizes Horse Handling Skills, Practical Equipment

March 29, 2006

"Keep your knee gently pressed into her neck, and if she decides to get up, go ahead and let her, don't fight it." An emergency instructor gave this advice to a firefighter learning to hold down a horse acting as an injured animal during a... Read More

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Interval Training: A Better Option for Racehorses?

March 28, 2006

Musculoskeletal injury is the main cause of wastage in Thoroughbred racehorses worldwide, with nearly 30% of all fractures being pelvic and tibial stress fractures. Studies in California in the late 1990s suggested fast work increased the risk o... Read More

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Citizens Push for "Brigadier's Law"

March 27, 2006

A deliberate hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a Metro Toronto police horse on Feb. 24 has galvanized Canadians to amend the Criminal Code to better protect law enforcement service animals.

After attending Brigadier's... Read More

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Premature Foals (Book Excerpt)

March 27, 2006

Foals can be born prematurely for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for a premature delivery are infection of the placenta (placentitis) or long-standing placental insufficiency. ... Read More